• Things to make or read

    Over time, I will add resources to this website that will help you explore the night sky. And if you are a teacher, you will find the resources helpful in your teaching of some sections of the Australian Curriculum: Science Earth & Space Sciences component. Amazing Space! Student Newsletter Download a free ‘Amazing […]

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  • Customised Astronomy & Satellite Viewing Information For Your Location

    Introduction Heavens-Above.com provides free customised information for your location including whole sky star charts, predictions for the visibility of the International Space Station and other satellites (including Iridium flares). Bookmarks for all capital cities are provided below. If you are located elsewhere, you can customise one of the below links to your location. […]

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  • Teachers

    Given that we are so time poor, I have added a couple of pages listing resources on this site according to where they ‘fit’ in the Australian Curriculum (Science). Keep in mind that a number of the activities can be modified for use at different year levels. If you are running a lunchtime science club, I […]

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Southern Hemisphere Sky Events Blog Posts

Live in Southern Australia? Keep an eye to the South for aurora next two nights/mornings.

Send to Kindle(Posted 12 April 2016) If you live in southern Australia, keep an eye out for aurora over the next two nights (and following mornings). Spaceweather.com (see image) indicates the chance might go as high as 75% tomorrow night. The below text just arrived via email from the Australian Space Forecast Centre. SUBJ: IPS AURORA […]

All five bright planets come together in the morning sky

Send to Kindle(Posted 20 January 2016) This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Tanya Hill, Museum Victoria For the first time in more than 10 years, it will be possible to see all five bright planets together in the sky. Around an hour or so before sunrise, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter […]

Christmas night 2015 brings the Full Moon, a lunar occulation and the planet Jupiter to test out your new telescope / binoculars

Send to Kindle(Posted 23 December 2015) Getting a new telescope or binoculars on Christmas day and want to know what you can look at that night to test them out? By coincidence, there will be a lunar occulation on Christmas night which you can look at with your new optical instrument. The term occultation refers to […]

News Blog Posts

RT @70sscifiart: May the fourth be with you! Here’…

RT @70sscifiart: May the fourth be with you! Here’s a just slightly edited version of the back cover to the… ift.tt/1WHzFEw https://t.co/QuMXws0UBe

RT @perthobs: #SpaceImageOfTheDay: Aurora over Swe…

RT @perthobs: #SpaceImageOfTheDay: Aurora over Sweden – Image Credit & Copyright: Göran Strand (@Astrofotografen) #APOD #Perth #WA https://t.co/M14SFLw4q9

RT @inspiringACT: Confused about gravitational wav…

RT @inspiringACT: Confused about gravitational waves? Come along to @KingOMalleys to hear Daniel Shaddock from @scienceANU explain! https://t.co/U89atKppZd

Education Blog Posts

(Free) On-line ‘Earth & Space Science’ P.D. opportunity 27 February 2016

Send to Kindle(Posted 19 January 2016) I am looking for 9 teachers interesting in taking part in a free online Australian Curriculum (Science) workshop titled ‘Exploring my Universe Collecting data first hand in 2016’. I am running the workshop to see how practical it is to offer Australia wide training using Google Hangout as the communication […]

Horizon sunrise and sunset horizon recording chart

On this page, you can download a southern hemisphere ‘Sunrise and sunset horizon recording Chart’. The PDF version has a second page with sample answers provided for the Gold Coast, Queensland. Further information about how to use the chart is on it. Download the chart: Horizon_sunrise_and_sunset_recording_chart You are free to reproduce and distribute this resource […]

Weird star ….or why is that star changing colour?

Send to Kindle(Posted 10 November 2015) I occasionally get emails (like the one below) about why a star near the horizon is changing colour. Googling the question gets you the answer of atmospheric turbulence (ie wind in the upper atmosphere). Click here for a sample result. When visiting schools in Canberra with the planetarium I use, […]

My Astronomy Blog

Road trip to Ararat, Victoria. No aurora yet.

Send to Kindle(Posted 14 April 2016) A visit to Ararat, Victoria has allegedly coincided with a high chance of seeing an aurora. Bungee the Border Collie has come for a drive. Despite the lack of enthusiasm in the above image, she likes to come with us. My significant other decided to trust the GPS directions – […]

Giant sunspot visible without optical aid! Just remember your solar viewing glasses.

Send to Kindle(Posted 11 April 2016) If you happen to have a pair of solar viewing glasses lying around, grab them and look at the Sun. Sunspot AR2529 is easily visible to the unaided eye. It is twice the size of the Earth and growing!  I took the below image using a handheld camera with a really […]

Jupiter and the Moon together on New Year’s morning

Send to Kindle(Update 1 January 2016) My good friend Tony Surma-Hawes has combined an image of the Moon and a separate longer exposure of Jupiter and three of its Galilean Moons to produce the below image. It gives you an idea of what you can see with low power optical aid like binoculars plus what the […]


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